NEW IceCaps Alumni Join Team Canada for Winter Olympics

Gian Ehrenzeller  Keystone FilesMorden's Chay Genoway left is in his fourth season of playing in the KHL and is currently with the Tolyatti Lada team. He has four goals and 13 assists in 49 games this season

In fact, most fans shouldn't have troubles spotting players who may have played for their teams in the past. I don't need the NHL's stamp of approval to care about hockey.

Forsberg's infamous winning penalty against Canada in the 1994 Olympic final was later immortalised on a postage stamp in Sweden, and the former center said the current crop of Swedish players might be able to repeat that feat.

Despite this unfortunate news, the Olympics are still promising an entertaining tournament both on the women's and men's level. But as an NHLer, Vey was a role player who played a combined 138 games in L.A., Vancouver and Calgary. There are some incredible stories and guys who've had adversity through various phases in their career who are now going to put that Canadian jersey on who never thought that would be possible. In Pyeongchang, he'll have some of the best AHL players in the world. On the management side, Sean Burke is the General Manager of the team.

"Not knowing the complete rosters of all the other teams, I love our team", Gionta said. But that's only smart.

Canada's first game is scheduled for February 15 when they take on Switzerland in preliminary round play.

"And Hockey Canada was on the call as well and told me the news".

If those OAR sweaters will lack Russian flags - as per the International Olympic Committee's vision of discipline for a state-sponsored doping scheme at the 2014 Sochi Olympics - they're expected to be populated by at least a few name brands, including Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk. His 52 points in 50 games is third in the KHL, right behind Ilya Kovalchuk, so perhaps Desjardins was right to use him the way he did, or perhaps the KHL is a pretty mediocre league.

To combat that age-old Euro advantage, Burke appears to have erred on the side of the aged. The team's average age is 31 years.

Derek Roy played 738 National Hockey League games for Buffalo, Dallas, Vancouver, St. Louis, Nashville and Edmonton with 189 goals and 335 assists.

Brule was picked sixth overall in the 2005 National Hockey League draft and appeared in 299 regular season games from 2005 to 2014, notching 43 goals and 52 assists while playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers and Phoenix Coyotes.

He played professional hockey in North America from 2004-10, competing for parts of five years in the AHL with the Albany River Rats, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Omaha Knights, Iowa Stars and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

"That's the thing about this program - all our guys want it", said Desjardins, 60. I think that's pretty special.

Canada's goalie Ben Scrivens saves the shot of Finland's Julius Junttila (R) during the Ice Hockey Euro Hockey Tour Karjala Cup match between Finland and Canada in Helsinki, Finland, on November 12, 2017. His older brother, Colby, also plays in the KHL and spent two seasons with the Manitoba Moose between 2006-2008. Wojtek Wolski, the Polish-born, Toronto-raised KHLer, is preparing to play for Canada only a year after he almost lost his career to a catastrophic neck injury suffered after a headfirst slide into the boards.

Forsberg, who also has two World Championship golds in his trophy cabinet, said the fight for podium positions would be a tough one.

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